(ALLEN PARK) - All the buzz over the Lions proposed trade of the 6th overall pick in the NFL draft to the New England Patriots for a package of high draft picks might be rendered moot.
The Washington Redskins, who draft just ahead of Detroit at 5th overall, are poised to take safety Sean Taylor of Miami instead of the player they originally targeted, tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr.
The Redskins have soured on Winslow for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is his choice of agents, the Poston brothers of Professional Sports Planning.
The Postons have been involved in several contentious negotiations with high profile players including tackle Orlando Pace of St. Louis and still unsigned free agent linebacker Ian Gold, who is coming off knee surgery which cost him most of the 2003-04 season.
The Redskins love Winslow's talent, but are afraid of problems negotiating with the Postons. Washington and the Postons are in litigation over a supposed missing bonus agreement in linebacker LaVar Arrington's contract.
Detroit still would prefer to trade down from the 6th pick and pick up additional picks. The fact that they were willing to go all the way down to the 21st overall pick indicates that Steve Mariucci and Matt Millen feel there is serious talent in the lower part of the round.
Some believe Detroit would ideally prefer to get picks in the 12-18th overall area where they could still nab Oregon State running back Steven Jackson without having to "reach" for a player who probably doesn't warrant being selected as high as 6th.
Detroit is known to be interested in beefing up the tight end position. Detroit hosted University of Florida tight end Ben Troupe and has shown interest in Georgia tight end Ben Watson.
DRAFT PREP: Detroit hosted several players in preparation for the NFL draft including Troupe, Stanford center/long snapper Drew Caylor, Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones, Texas Tech receiver Mickey Peters, Ottawa-Kansas running back Derrick Ward, Washington wide receiver Reggie Williams and Pittsburgh tight end Kris Wilson
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